Do NOT hit the cement wall!

Yikes, squeezing Ravenswing into the Travelift launch & retrieve bay in Puerto Penasco is really tricky. Our boat is 26’9″ wide, and their slot is about 28′ at the top, but it gets narrower as the tide goes down. I was piloting solo that day, and of course a breeze from the side came up just as it was my turn to come to the lift. Only get one shot to stick the landing, or gouge the crap out of your boat on the rough cement walls. But thanks to friends ashore, willing to stick their feet and fenders down, we did not create a bunch more work :) This video is mostly technical composites building work – no adventures this go-round. We’ll get back out there in the new year. thanks for following along in 2022 everybody!

4 thoughts on “Do NOT hit the cement wall!

  1. Happy New Year – look forward to following your boat building and your adventures

    This video just reminds me how much more work there is in making bits and pieces out of composite materials rather than wood and/or metal ! And how much mess, and how much expensive non-reusable materials have to be thrown away at the end (all the vacuum bagging stuff) For me it would be a lot easier to machine a part like that from aluminium with my milling machine. But parts made from composite materials do look good if done well and they are the ultimate for strength and lightness.

    I have tended to use 1″ throw away brushes to help with spreading the expoxy around and working the fibres into place, presumably you find just a plastic spreader works well.

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    • That’s funny John because this piece was originally aluminum L bracket. I shopped for 3” side 6061 channel because I want support on both sides of the sprit tangs. Wasn’t any available in just 1’ length. Whereas I had all the composites materials on hand. Chip brushes don’t allow you to press the epoxy into carbon as well as really smashing down as needed with spreaders. I think most people do not get adequate carbon fabric saturation, which shows up as dry interior fibers when you sacrifice a part / cut into a sample. Also the spreader is easy to clean and re—use ;)

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